As smartphones and tablets chewed up the market for PCs back in 2011, chipmaking giant Intel made a bold bet to save its core business. Intel poured $300 million dollars into making notebook PCs lighter and thinner, dubbing the resulting products Ultrabooks. Unlike chintzy, low-cost netbooks that offered a barebones computing experience on a small screen, Ultrabooks were supposed to pack the wallop and battery life of a mainstream notebook, but with a form factor that make them almost as easy to carry around as a tablet.Sounds great, right? At the time, Intel boldly forecast that by the end of 2012 it hoped the Ultrabook platform would represent 40 percent of all consumer laptops — and Intel’s director of Ultrabook marketing stuck to that forecast as recently as last month.But a year later, there’s no sign consumers or businesses are embracing Ultrabooks. Has the platform fizzled out, or is it just yet to arrive?What is an Ultrabook?An Ultrabook … [Read more...] about Are Ultrabooks already dead, or just waiting to arrive?